Heavily decorated classrooms not best for young children

five_colored_hand_prints_1600_wht_3431No doubt those of you with children at nursery or pre-school have looked around the classroom and been impressed by all the children’s work and other colourful information plastered on every available space.

Well the latest research from psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that these heavily decorated environments actually distract children who spent more time “off task” and distracted children’s attention and learning when compared to more sparsely decorated classrooms.

Sometimes less is more – especially at a time when the young person’s brain is developing so rapidly.

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